Summer Programs at SILC

About Sydney Institute of Language & Commerce, Shanghai University
The Sydney Institute of Language & Commerce (SILC) was founded in 1994 as a co-operative educational venture jointly owned by Shanghai University (SU), in China and the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), in Australia. SILC offers both degree and non-degree programs taught in both Chinese and English. At the beginning of the 2003-04 academic year, there were nearly 2600 students enrolled in degree and diploma programs at SILC. The Institute is spread across the three campuses of Shanghai University in Shanghai: The main campus of SILC is in Jia Ding, as well as the other two campuses in Bao Shan and Zha Bei. SILC currently has 70 full-time and part-time faculty members. Among them are 40 foreign teachers from Australia, Britain, America, Canada and New Zealand. For more information, check out this partner informational sheet on SILC.

Location:  BaoShan District, Shanghai, China

Website: for specific study abroad information: To view a brochure for the Summer SILC program click here.

Academics Available: Chinese culture, economy and business operation

Program Fee: 1,800 USD. It includes tuition, course material, activity fees, accommodation and local transport.

However, SILC is offering two scholarships to HPU students for Summer 2016 in which the program fee will be waived.

Dates to Remember:

Application Due

Study Abroad Dates

May 15, 2016

July 3 to July 16, 2016

* Please remember HPU Study Abroad Application Deadline is Mid-March for Fall and Mid-October for Spring. 

Admission Requirements:

  • Must have attended HPU for one semester
  • Must intend to graduate from HPU
  • Must have at least a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must be fluent in English
  • Two semesters of College Level Chinese or the equivalent

Application Procedure:

  • Complete the Student Exchange Program data sheet.
  • Schedule and attend a formal interview with Melissa Matsubara
  • Be prepared to discuss your motives for studying abroad and your degree plan.
  • Select an exchange partner university that has courses which can be used for your intended HPU degree.
  • Fill out the exchange university’s admissions application.
  • Obtain recommendation letters to be turned in with your application. (This depends on the individual university’s application requirements)
  • Passport photos (Amount and size depend upon each university)
  • Sign a Credit Request Approval (CRA) to verify your foreign coursework and HPU equivalents.

Health Insurance: Health Insurance is mandatory for all study abroad students.  HPU recommends health insurance from Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) for students study abroad. There is more information medical coverage and rates of CISI health insurance at

Housing Accommodations: In the first week, students will be arranged to live in the guest rooms on Jiading Campus. It has easy access to metro station and it only takes 15 minutes walk to the old town. In the second week, students will be located in Yanchang Campus in the city. It takes five minutes’ walk to the metro station. People’s Square is only three stops away by metro, which takes 10 minutes. Students can choose to have their own room or to share a two-person standard room. The accommodation fee is 200 RMB (around 35 dollars) per room per night.

Currency:  The current exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and the Chinese Yuan can be calculated online at

Visa Information:  The Applicant can apply to local Chinese Embassy or Chinese Consulate for a visa to come to China. Please refer to the site for visa application procedure:
U.S. Passport information is available at 522-8283 (recording) and online at

You can also check out this link for the process of applying:

HPU Study Abroad and International Exchange Programs
Hawaii Pacific University
1164 Bishop Street, Suite 200, Honolulu, HI, 96813
Tel: 1-808-544-9326, Fax: 1-808-544-9355

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